I know, being a man, I don’t go to the doctor as much as others would hope including my doctor. Now that we have to have insurance of some kind and the fact that we’re paying for it, I guess we should use it more. Right? I don’t think that will change my habits about going to a doctor unless something seems really wrong. I see someone for my mental disorders, but my body is fine. Right? Well, if you’re a man their a few things that you can do to help you reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Drink More Coffee
Regular, decaf, half-caf, whatever, it’s all good, say Harvard researchers. They found that men who drank six or more cups of regular or decaf coffee were 59 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than those who eschewed the brew. More research is needed to determine what’s in java that might make it beneficial, says study author Kathryn Wilson, Ph.D.
Give Your Gland a Regular Workout
Have Lots of Sex
A 2004 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed data on 29,342 men and found that guys who had 21 or more orgasms a month were about 30 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who racked up only four to seven a month. A possible explanation is…wait, who cares? Tell your wife it’s doctor’s orders.
See Red, Eat Red
For the 1,324th time, eat more cooked tomato products to reduce your risk of prostate cancer. This quirky link was first noticed in the 1990s by Harvard researcher Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D., and subsequent studies have confirmed the power of edible red. Credit lycopene, a pigment in tomatoes that’s more potent after they’re cooked. Aim for two-plus servings a week.
Exercise reduces the risk of fatal forms of prostate cancer by 41 percent. What’s more, among survivors of prostate cancer, those who exercised vigorously (playing tennis, running, swimming, or biking) for 5 hours a week had a 56 percent lower risk of death from the disease. “More activity is more protective,” says lead researcher Stacey A. Kenfield, Sc.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Top Off Your Oil
Fish don’t have prostates—but if they did, we’re betting they wouldn’t get prostate cancer. In studies on lab animals, the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA in fish oil inhibited tumors. Plus, Harvard researchers found that men who ate fish three times a week reduced their risk of aggressive prostate cancer by 25 percent. While protecting your prostate, you can also help your noggin with the right amount of fish oils.
Ditch the Doughnuts
Men with the highest blood levels of trans fats have more than twice the prostate-cancer risk of men with the lowest levels. Trans-fatty acids increase inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which may play a role in prostate cancer. Avoid commercially baked doughnuts and cookies, as well as packaged baked goods containing hydrogenated oil.
I need to take my own advice. All these things I need to do a lot more of, especially ditching the Doughnuts, and working out.
Forrest L. Rawls